Washington, DC, March 21, 2017--Good Jobs First today expressed concern at Bloomberg BNA's revelation that Amazon.com, Inc. has been awarded more than one third of Illinois' entire tax break allocation for the past two years of the state's Economic Development in a Growing Economy (EDGE) program.
Washington, DC, March 8, 2017— More than half of the nation’s 50 biggest cities and counties still fail to disclose online even the names of the companies receiving property tax abatements or other costly economic development incentives. Even fewer report incentive-deal outcomes: Only 13 of the 50 localities disclose the number of actual jobs created by one of their key incentive programs.
Violation Tracker, a public service of Good Jobs First’s Corporate Research Project launched in 2015, today posted recent enforcement records showing that between Election Day and the inauguration, the Justice Department and other federal agencies obtained more than $20 billion in penalties and settlements from dozens of companies accused of a wide range of offenses involving financial, environmental, health and other harms to large numbers of people.
States and localities have given retail juggernaut Amazon almost a quarter-billion dollars in economic development subsidies in the past two years for warehouses the company must build to fulfill the rapid-delivery service tied to its Amazon Prime business model.
Washington, DC-December 5, 2016 -- In response to a high volume of media inquiries and public comments and to President-Elect Trump's speech in Indianapolis, Good Jobs First executive director Greg LeRoy today issued a second statement regarding the announcement that Carrier Corp. will retain some jobs in Indiana.
Today's statement, focusing on the 'job piracy' issue and how it could be solved, augments Good Jobs First's original statement on the Carrier deal issued on December 1, which is linked here. In that statement, LeRoy emphasized that the deal appears to be a one-off tied to United Technologies' defense contracting, not a policy breakthrough or systemic solution for manufacturing jobs.